…you’ve got a great choice of field trips with deep significance to Texas history. Explorers, missionaries, and revolutionary colonists converged here, and you can see where the action took place!
Replicas of Columbus’ ships, courtesy of Ships of Discovery, can be toured in Corpus Christi harbor. Though Columbus never made it as far as the mainland of Texas, these ships are typical of those that brought other explorers in the Age of Exploration. I was amazed at their small size! Not sure I’d want to cross uncharted oceans in such a small craft…
You could also visit:
Matagorda County Museum (Bay City)
Corpus Christi Museum of Science and Natural History (Corpus Christi)
Calhoun County Museum (Port Lavaca)
Museum of the Coastal Bend (Victoria) and
Palacios Area Historical Association (Palacios), and La Petite Belle, a half-scale reconstruction in Palacios home port.
Free maps and pamphlets, available from A Shared Experience, could form the basis of a week-end driving tour of the earliest Spanish colonies, or you might choose a Texas Independence tour. Of course, Presidio La Bahia at Goliad, the San Jacinto Museum of History in La Porte, and the Star of the Republic Museum and Independence Hall at Washington-on-the-Brazos are great places to introduce students to the sweeping saga of our state.